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Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
Kind of disappointing *spoiler*
I'm disappointed with this film. If you are going to put a twist on a well known story, then wouldn't it make sense to have a strong script? Wouldn't you at least keep some of the main points in tact? For example, Snow White is born with no hair, then has light brown hair and faint freckles. Do they even realize how distracting that is? They've kept the lines of ruby lips, skin as white as snow, and hair black as ravens...it was distracting to the point of me breaking from the story and wondering if they couldn't afford hair dye due to the cost of visual effects.
That being said the visual effects were very good, but without a strong story you are left unsatisfied. It's kind of like watching fireworks on television instead of seeing them in person.
I will not berate the actors on this one because I don't blame them for a weak script. The writing is bad, weak, and thin, so much more could have been done with the dialogue, I mean really??? If you are going to twist a story, make it worthwhile. Even at the end of the film when Snow White is crowned queen, she looks as though she is about to say something poignant, but she says nothing, so then I'm wondering if the writers just couldn't think of anything to have her say so they kept her quiet. What a let down. Things happen in this film that have no explanation or relevance to anything else. Again, if you are going to change a story then you might want to explain it a little. I've had to force myself to fill in the blanks based on the original story. So annoying.
The directing, I don't even know where to begin. It's bad. I feel as though he directed the Evil Queen overact to make her seem more dramatic. Fail. The director could have portrayed the Prince better, maybe give him kindness, sweetness, warmth, and a protective foundation for Snow White, maybe even a tiny bit possessive? Something, anything, for God's sake, he needed a personality. Fail. He made Snow White cold like snow, not full of life like she was described by almost every character in the film. Fail. I don't think the Huntsman was too badly directed however he could have been so much more. Medium Fail. I don't understand how you can have gold in your hands and turn it to tin?
Since the focus was on the beauty of Snow White's heart and less on her physical beauty I wasn't bothered by the actress who plays her, however I think a lot of people missed the point of it being about her pure, innocent, and beautiful heart because of the strong feelings people have about the actress they chose to play her and because it was not "in your face" to counteract it.
It had the potential for so much win, but instead it failed.
Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
Well that was unexpected - Spoiler
I liked the idea of the film but to be honest I didn't know of the book or previous film. I watched intently to see what was going to happen next but had no clue what I was in store for. If you are going to watch this and you're a crybaby like me, grab a box of tissues because she dies and it's heartbreaking when a kid dies, especially one who is so bright and shiny. I really liked the characters in the film, the acting was good and in sync, but I liked Leslie the most. I wish more time could have been spent in Terabithia, only towards the end do we get to see more magical creatures. The story can be pretty deep if you think about it enough or can relate to some of the real situations that happened in the film. I realize my comments come from an ignorant point of view because I have not seen the other version and I have not read the book. I don't feel like I've wasted time watching it and I am not disappointed, just a little sad. I don't think this is a kids movie either.
Battlefield Earth (2000)
Really enjoyed it
I thought this movie was a sci-fi comedy when I saw it. I think that is why I enjoyed it so much. I didn't know the whole story behind it, other's beliefs and what not, so for me, this was great. I bought the DVD when it came out and watched with some friends. They ended up laughing, I think because I was laughing. When it was over they gave me the run down which was totally shocking to me, but to each his own I guess. I still think it's a hilarious movie and still enjoy seeing it. I guess it's really just the way you look at something that determines the outcome, so if you do decide to watch it, try it from a comedic perspective and you'll probably enjoy it. It's pretty silly that way.
I don't have any complaints about the film. It was very interesting and very well acted. The only complaint I have is in the description on IMDb. Bruce was not bipolar, he was surely and unfortunately for him schizophrenic. That should be corrected in the description as it is not an accurate portrayal of the bipolar community. I say this because even though they are both serious mental conditions, they are different from each other and should not be confused with one another. I work very closely with both conditions and the word bipolar seems to be hurled about in ignorance and yes, I realize that the same can be said about schizophrenia. That being said, this film is definitely worth watching. It is imaginative, unapologetic, and the acting is superb. If you like something different this is for you. I myself am tired of remakes or the same old story told over and over. To me, a remake is almost akin to being lazy or unimaginative. Enjoy the film!